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Bridge Watchkeeping, 3rd Edition

Should you need any reminder of the importance of watchkeeping, the Nautical Institute issued a sober statistic on the launch of this book in May. Between 2015 and 2020, it said, 71 cases were recorded of human error causing navigation-related shipping casualties, each incurring insurance claims of more than $10 million.

The third edition of Bridge Watchkeeping could help reduce these incidents, with updates tailored for the electronic bridge era. It’s especially relevant to newly qualified watchkeepers, but all who have responsibility for ships, their cargoes and crews have a vested interest in promoting best practice in this area. With a user-friendly layout, comprehensive index, clear illustrations and helpful tips and cross-references, it’s an accessible read and indispensable professional aid.


Waste Assessment Guidelines under the London Convention and Protocol, 2021 Edition

It’s important that seafarers are aware of the latest legislation to protect marine environments from pollution – including pollution caused by the dumping of waste. To that end, this IMO-published book contains updated advice to make sure you stay on the right side of the law. You’ll find not just generic waste assessment guidelines but also those dealing specifically with dredged material, sewage sludge, fish waste, vessels platforms and structures, inert, inorganic geological material, organic material of natural origin, bulky items, and carbon dioxide streams.

Training Record Book for Ships’ Cooks

For anyone aspiring to work as a ship’s cook, this helpful publication will make it easier to demonstrate skills gleaned and your experience to date. It covers practical kitchen skills as well as the necessary safety and food hygiene aspects, and should help you prove to future employers that you’ve followed a structured training programme and have a good grasp of the competencies expected in this challenging and invaluable role. The record book is based on the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guidelines on the training of ships’ cooks, and comes with a useful section at the end to note down any additional competencies identified by flag State authorities.


Maritime Law, 5th Edition

This comprehensive publication has been helping students, academics, and legal practitioners navigate the main aspects of maritime law for years. Now in its fifth edition, updated information focuses on the impact of Brexit, changes to the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Regulations 1993, updates on litigation and amendments to the Admiralty Civil Procedure Rules, plus more than 100 new cases from the English courts, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Written by a whole team of maritime law experts, you’ll find this an authoritative guide to everything from cargo claims and bills of lading to marine pollution from shipping activities.


INTERTANKO Guide to LNG Chartering, 1st Edition

The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry is changing fast, and this book is a timely guide for commercial operators of LNG carriers to help them better understand key legal and financial issues relating to their vessels.


If you’re looking to buy this book, it is assumed you already have a reasonable grasp of general shipping (especially oil tanker) principles and charterparty terms. Note, too, that the content relates specifically to the international seaborne carriage of LNG on large vessels. It does not cover small scale LNG or coastal/cabotage movement.


Mariners’ Memorabilia Vol. 4

If you’re into niche maritime history or building up a personal collection of seafaring memorabilia, this well-priced guide to the china and crockery used aboard British merchant ships in the 19th and 20th centuries could be of great interest. You’ll find brief historical details of the companies themselves and the trades they plied, before being steered through the complexities of identifying artefacts, including those marked only with a monogram, initials or a house flag.


Scott of the Antarctic: We Shall Die Like Gentlemen

Countless biographies have been devoted to the life of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, the Royal Navy officer best remembered for the 1912 South Pole expedition in which he and four comrades died from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold. Originally hailed a hero for his efforts, subsequent studies have painted him as unprepared and a bungler. For most of us, he remains something of an enigma, so Sue Blackhall’s excellent portrait of his life and the controversial way it ended shed fascinating light on the man, the myth and the myriad controversies surrounding his final, fateful voyage.


A Guide to Port and Terminal Management

Aimed at both students and current port employees alike, this essential guide casts a close eye on how 21st century terminals are run. The content follows the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers syllabus and examinations for Port and Terminal Management, making it an excellent study resource. However, even if your college days are behind you and you’ve already forged a career in this industry, the insights into other types of ports and the equipment and processes which are used in them offer interesting comparisons.

Economics of Maritime Business

Seaborne trade has been going on for centuries, but how does the business side of it actually work? Using historical context with plenty of examples from the modern shipping industry, this book aims to give a broader understanding of the topic. Readers will learn why it happens and how it has developed, benefit from closer analysis of the main features of shipping supply and how various shipping markets function, before being guided through critical strategic issues at the end. It all adds up to an excellent reference for experienced maritime professionals as well as people just getting started in the business.


The World of the Seafarer
When we think of maritime research, we might traditionally assume that this deals mainly with science and engineering, but in recent years, studies of the 'human element' have flourished.
Some of this has been driven by shipowners’ desire to increase the efficiency of their workforce, but there has also been a push by welfare charities and maritime unions to find ways to improve seafarers' mental and physical health – and that's what's behind The World of the Seafarer.
This collection of studies by international maritime researchers has been published as part of a World Maritime University series called Studies in Maritime Affairs, and is available online to download free of charge.

What Ship, Where Bound?
David Craddock, who received his own signals training from a seafarer who served as a boy signaller at the Battle of Jutland, explores 2,500 years of visual communication at sea.
Beginning with flag signalling and moving on to semaphore, light signalling and pyrotechnics, Craddock explains the history of signals in naval warfare from the Age of Sail to the modern era.

Reeds 9-Language Handbook
Known as 'the pocket dictionary for all sailors', this little book is part of a series of guides aimed at leisure yachters, but could also come in handy for a professional superyacht crew.
The guide works by showing pictures of things like engine parts and safety equipment, each numbered so you can find the word for that number on the facing page in English, French, Danish, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek.

The Outlaw Ocean - Crime & Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier

Outliers - The Story of Success

Half of a Yellow Sun

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